Newen Group

Newen’s Ringside Media buys into Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s Joi Productions

Newen’s Ringside Media has bought a stake in Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s Blue Story outfit, Joi Productions. The deal is the fifth investment for Ringside and sees Wildgaze’s head of development Tom Hawkins joining the prodco. The investment division of Ringside Studios has taken a minority stake in Joi, which focuses on Black, queer and female-led stories. […]

Newen’s Blue Spirit hires Cyber Group exec as MD, with founder set to exit

Newen-owned French animation firm Blue Spirit has hired Cyber Group Studios exec Olivier Lelardoux as its MD, with founder Éric Jacquot set to depart. Lelardoux starts today and will formally take over responsibilities from Jacquot in January 2023, with the company also enacting a wider restructuring of senior execs. Lelardoux’s remit will include developing Newen […]

Newen secures $56m from Anton to expand into docs & features

TF1 Group-owned Newen Studios has secured a further €50m ($56m) investment from financier Anton to secure distribution rights to film and documentary output. The additional €50m is a 40% increase on Anton’s current agreement with Newen, which was first struck in 2019 and allowed the France-based firm to co-invest in distribution rights for the group’s […]

BBC Studios Productions appoints Newen’s Martha Brass as COO

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Martha Brass from France’s Newen Group as its chief operating officer. Brass reports into Ralph Lee, CEO at BBCS Productions, and will have oversight of commercial and business development activities. She will also be accountable for business operations and production across all office belonging to BBCS Productions, which is currently […]

Exclusive: Newen’s int’l boss talks Kubik deal & Europe-wide strategy

Newen Group has followed up its deal for iZen Group in Spain by returning to the country to take a minority stake in La Zona prodco Kubik Films. The French production & distribution company’s head of international Philippe Levasseur, in his first interview since being appointed to the role, tells TBI’s Pascale Paoli-Lebailly about further acquisition plans for Germany and […]

Newen buys into ‘La Zona’ prodco Kubik Films to extend Spanish buying spree

TF1-backed Newen has followed up its recent acquisition of iZen Group in Spain by taking a stake in another production company from the country. The French group, whose deal for iZen two weeks ago marked Newen’s first move in Spain, has now taken a minority stake in Kubik Films, which was co-founded in 2016 by […]

Tuvalu Media rejigs leadership as founder Taco Zimmerman steps down

  Newen Group’s Dutch production firm Tuvalu Media Group (TMG) has promoted two of its senior execs to take over leadership of the company, after founder & CEO Taco Zimmerman revealed he would be stepping down. Emiel Neervoort and Sander Van Meurs will become co-CEO’s, with Zimmerman moving away from day-to-day management but remaining involved as a […]

Newen appoints NBCU & Sky Vision alum as EVP of distribution

French production group Newen has appointed former Sky Vision and NBCUniversal (NBCU) exec Leona Connell to lead its global sales division. Connell becomes EVP of distribution at Newen Connect and will be based in London and Paris, reporting to Newen’s recently appointed chief distribution officer Rodolphe Buet. She will lead the fiction and non-fiction sales teams in France […]

France’s TF1 prepares for “significant” Covid-19 impact, as ads & production hit

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said that its performance this year will be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, with cancellations of advertising campaigns across key industry sectors and a halt to production activity. The group said it was suspending its financial objectives announced in February until “the situation becomes clearer” and added that it […]

Amazon Prime Video France picks up Newen’s ‘Inside Game’

Amazon Prime Video France has scored first-window SVOD rights to thriller The Inside Game from Newen Distribution. Directed by Oscar-Winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder On A Sunday Morning, The Staircase) and produced by What’s Up Film for Arte France, the series follows principled politician Guillaume Delpierre on his fight to ban a pesticide from […]

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